This video was uploaded to YouTube on March 24, 2017 and has been added to Archive.org in its original MP4 format for archival purposes.
This is a five-minute promotional video for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade. It was created in late 1981 or early 1982. I'm not sure how it was originally distributed, as I don't think that this ever aired on TV in this full form (although 30-second commercials similar to this video were aired). This video was captured from a VHS tape in the Bob Fabris Collection. In this video, a prototype version of Solar Conqueror is shown, not the released game. Also, Music Maker and Bowling are shown here, but neither was officially released on cartridge by Astrocade, Inc. I've transcribed this entire Astrocade promotional video, which you can read here.
If you took one of America's leading videogames and added three built-in games, four-player capability, a three-octave music synthesizer, 256 color variations, a built-in calculator, and a BASIC program (making it a personal home computer), you'd have Astrocade, The Professional Arcade, with a never-ending library of coin-op-quality exciting games.
Challenge The Incredible Wizard and his creatures in their treacherous dungeon. Slip through magic doors, outmaneuver the super monster, and if you shoot the Wizard, you'll experience the tremor of the entire dungeon as his magic wavers.
In Space Fortress, you command a lonely outpost, in a galaxy far, far away. An alert sounds, and suddenly you're being attacked by alien ships in all directions. You destroy some, but they keep coming, faster and faster. It's positively addictive!
Galactic Invasion pits you against alien ships diving at your missile launcher from every direction. They peel off from their formation (singly, or in teams or two or three). The more aliens you destroy, the more their reinforcements attack.
Astrocade Pinball has everything but a slot to collect your quarters. Thumper bumpers, kicker targets, drop targets, even real flipper-action that catches the ball and rolls it back-and-forth so you can aim wherever you want.
There's no easier way to learn about computers than with the new Astrocade BASIC system. The plug-in cartridge, with built-in audio tape interface, converts your Astrocade into a personal computer that you can program yourself. The complete self-teaching instruction book will help you learn programming while you create electronic music, video art and computer games like these [shown on screen].
The following games are new releases from Astrocade's never ending library of home video games:
Solar Conqueror challenges you to dominate the galaxy. Conqueror solar systems while avoiding asteroids, and enemy spaceships that try to foil your efforts. Speeding comets test your flying and shooting skills. And the Space Warp shuttles you to new solar systems and more challenges.
Astrocade Bowling, it's like actually being at the alley. The game has all the action, sounds and excitement of the real thing. Direct your ball with as much hook as you want. Make strikes and spares, but watch out for splits and gutter balls. It can be played alone or by up to four players. And scoring is kept according to official rules.
Music Maker lets you play your favorite songs and compose your own electric music. It has a three-octave range, plays three-note chords and has an automatic tempo setting. Music Maker sounds like a real organ and plays right through your own television speaker. The musical notes are displayed on your TV screen. One hand control enters the music, and the computer automatically plays it back. Music Maker contains an audio cassette interface to allow you to record and store all of your musical arrangements.
Astrocade's Pirate's Chase, dares you to scoop up as many gold coins as you can carry. But watch out; the pirates are on your trail! How much of the treasure can you collect before Long John Silver collects you?
Artillery Duel will let you take your military positions, set your cannon and fire at your opposition. You'll even need to allow for wind and elevation while aiming and firing.
Cosmic Raiders takes you into deep space, where lies the alien sector, Larkin. Your mission: recover energy sources that have been seized by the evil Larkins. Radar and a superior guidance system will help you avoid the attacking kamikaze ships. The Energy Stars are near the Larkin Command Ship and you must retrieve them before you leave the sector.
This year, look forward to more excitement, more challenges and more fun with Astrocade, the home entertainment sensation.
November 18, 2020 Subject:
RE: Is this copyrighted??
I don't know the copyright status of this video. My advice: don't use it in a commercial video. Besides, the quality of the original VHS was poor, so there probably isn't any easy was to incorporate this into a better-quality video.
I wish a higher quality version was available. If anyone knows who created this video's content, or the commercials for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade, then please post it here.
November 17, 2020 Subject:
Is this copyrighted??
Hello, would be nice to know if this is copyright free, so it could be used commercially?